Claypool Elementary School students were challenged Aug. 22 to raise $500 for Feed My Starving Children. By Thursday, they raised $1,350, which Louis Dreyfus Commodities will match. Louis Dreyfus is Claypool Elementary’s Partner in Education. As the students’ reward, (L to R) Warsaw Community Schools Chief Accountability Officer Dani Barkey, Louis Dreyfus Commercial Manager Jeremy Mullins, Claypool Principal Melissa Rees, WCS Chief Academic Officer David Robertson, WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert and teachers Jake Peattie, Janell Baute and Michelle Little took an ice bucket challenge yesterday. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Claypool Elementary School students were challenged Aug. 22 to raise $500 for Feed My Starving Children. By Thursday, they raised $1,350, which Louis Dreyfus Commodities will match. Louis Dreyfus is Claypool Elementary’s Partner in Education. As the students’ reward, (L to R) Warsaw Community Schools Chief Accountability Officer Dani Barkey, Louis Dreyfus Commercial Manager Jeremy Mullins, Claypool Principal Melissa Rees, WCS Chief Academic Officer David Robertson, WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert and teachers Jake Peattie, Janell Baute and Michelle Little took an ice bucket challenge yesterday. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
CLAYPOOL – When Claypool Elementary students were challenged last Friday to raise $500 for Feed My Starving Children, they exceeded that goal by Thursday – raising $1,350.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities will match that figure, according to Commercial Manager Jeremy Mullins, with part of the proceeds going to the ALS Association.
As a result, several teachers and school officials, and Mullins, took an ice bucket challenge Thursday afternoon. Participating were Claypool Principal Melissa Rees; teachers Jake Peattie, Janell Baute and Michelle Little; and Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert, Chief Accountability Officer Dani Barkey and Chief Academic Officer David Robertson.
Standing in front of students in the parking lot, they first pretended they were just going to dump water from sandbuckets on their heads. After the students counted down to zero, the buckets turned out to be empty. Then a Claypool Fire Dept. truck honked its horn and came around the corner with two front-end loaders brimming with water that eventually drenched the teachers and administrators.
Little Family Farms and Parker & Sons provided the tractors.
The challenge started last week when fourth-grade teacher Brock Rhodes challenged Rees and Little to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They accepted the challenge but put a twist on it, saying they would do it in front of the whole school if the elementary raised $500 for the Feed My Starving Children organization.
Through a partnership between Warsaw Community MobilePack and FMSC, volunteers will prepare 1 million life-saving meals at the FMSC MobilePack™ event Oct. 9-11 at Madison Elementary School. It is being organized by WCS teachers David Wayne and Scott Sterk. Community members can support the MobilePack by making a donation or by volunteering to package food at the event. To learn more, visit www.warsawmobilepack.com or FMSC.org
On Friday, the students were told that they were going to participate in a “Penny War” class competition to raise the money. Rees told the students Thursday that they raised $252.46 in pennies alone; $827 in just coins; and $1,350 when you add in the dollar bills.
For Thursday’s ice bucket challenge, Little and Rees called out Hoffert, Robertson, Barkey, Mullins, Peattie and Baute to join them. All agreed to get drenched.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the kids. I can’t help but cry,” Little said before the challenge.
Hoffert said FMSC is really a passion for some of the WCS teachers. Part of WCS’s mission statement is enriching the lives of others. FMSC is one way to not only bring the school community together for one cause, but also the community at-large, he said. Claypool Elementary has had some unique ideas for fundraisers for FMSC – like all of Warsaw’s schools have – so any way he could help, Hoffert said he would.
“I’m proud of the students for not just giving financially, but also giving of their time, talent and treasure,” said Hoffert.
He noted it was neat that Claypool was able to bring FMSC and ALS together for this event.
Mullins said Little is one of Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ farmers, and FMSC is a great cause, so he was happy to participate in the challenge. Louis Dreyfus aims to feed people around the world, he said, and FMSC is an extension of that effort.
Before getting wet, Rees told the students, “Every time we challenge the Claypool Knights, you meet it!”